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Rolex Submariner

Produced in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was first introduced in 1954 at Basel Watch Fair. The model comes in Oystersteel, white & yellow gold, and two-tone metals with date and no date variants. Made famous by James Bond films, this iconic sports watch has a 40mm case size and functions as a dive watch. Suggested retail price starts at $7,500 as of 2018.
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Rolex currently sells two different versions of the new Submariner model. The Rolex Submariner 114060 No Date model starts at $7,500. The Submariner reference 116610 Date retails for $8,550.

Pre-Owned Submariner models typically start at $6,395 and can grow in value significantly due to desirability and scarcity.
The Rolex Submariner is without a doubt one of the most recognizable watches the company has ever produced. The Submariner made its debut in 1953 with the launch of reference numbers 6200, 6204, and 6205 at the Basel Swiss Watch Fair.

The Oyster Perpetual Submariner is part of a line of sport watches designed by Rolex specifically for the diving community, built for durability and their resistance to water and corrosion.  But you are just as likely today to find it on Wall Street, a golf course, or a Board room.  The watch is quintessentially considered the embodiment of Rolex - one of the World’s most widely recognized luxury brands.

An Iconic Timepiece 

rolex submarinerThe Rolex Sub has been the iconic divers' watch since the 1950s, offering features which securely monitor diving time as well as the ability to go deeper than other waterproof models. The Submariner is also the only divers’ watch you can wear with a tuxedo.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner History

The Submariner was introduced in 1954 at Basel world.  As a steel watch made for diving there wasn't many places this model couldn't go.  From the depths of the sea to social gatherings the Submariner quickly became a hit among the masses.  

Timeless Divers Watch

The Oyster Perpetual Submariner with Oyster bracelet and 40mm case was released in 1954 by Rolex. The stainless steel model with a black gloss dial is one of the most recognized luxury sport watches in the world, especially within the sailing and diving community.  The classic 16610 in stainless steel with a black dial is a staple among fashion watch enthusiasts who know and appreciate style and grace.

A Popular Sports Watch

submariner rolex oyster perpetualUp until the late 1950s, the Submariner was heavily associated with the persona of James Bond as it graced this hero's wrist on many on-screen adventures. This vintage model sported a smaller crown with no crown guard and is easily recognizable in the vintage Rolex community. The 16800 Sub was introduced in the 1970s featuring a scratch resistant sapphire bezel and Rolex Quick-set. The Rolex black watch worn by Mr. Bond has had a number of improvements since then.  An improved version of the 16610 with a better movement and bezel was released in 1989 and another in 2010 (the 116610) with ceramic bezel.  

Model Information and Characteristics

Today, Rolex continues to market the watch in stainless steel, stainless and gold ( or two tone ) and solid 18k yellow gold Submariner watches. Rolex dial colors include black, blue and the special green edition 116610LV, which commemorates its 50th anniversary. The Submariner black being one of the classics.  The Sub is equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel with 15 minute markers. Some Submariner models, the 14060 and the newly released 114060 in 2012 do not carry a cyclops with the date on the dial. These are known as no date submariners, which harken back to the no date vintage submariners. The Submariner "no date" continues to be a popular wristwatch especially the new ceramic bezel 114060. Other popular Submariner models include the 116610 ceramic bezel, Rolex 16610, 116613, 16613, and 16800, and 1680. To learn more about the "Rolex Submariner", when it was launched, its history, and other important facts like early models and current models, please visit

A note about servicing Rolex watches - It is recommended that you service your timepiece every 5-7 years by a reputable repair center to ensure the integrity of your timepiece.

Also See: Rolex Submariner History | Caring For Your Sub | Submariner Buying Guide | Rolex Submariner Price List

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